Shoe-Bomber Richard Reid: God Wanted Me to Fail, But I Still Have Regrets

Richard Reid. More photos and videos below.
Richard Reid. More photos and videos below.
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Richard Reid is in a Colorado supermax facility for an attempted crime that goes way beyond mere schmuckiness: In 2001, he tried to blow up an American airliner occupied by 197 passengers using explosives in his shoe. But the man now better known as the "Shoe Bomber" than by his own name deserves Schmuck of the Week recognition for a condition that blends self-aggrandizement with homicidal remorse: He believes he failed in his mission due to God's will, but admits to what he calls "tactical regrets."

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Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco.
Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco.

According to NBC News, these remarks came in letters to Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco, who's been corresponding with Reid and other terrorist types, including Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose, with an eye toward penning a book.

In one missive to Mehlman-Orozco, Reid argued that Islamic law allowed his attempt at mass murder -- a claim not softened in the slightest by his admission that "many people would dispute that and disagree with me on that point."

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Just as jaw-slackening is his reported belief that the bombing "wasn't supposed to happen, not because it was displeasing to God...rather because it was not either my time to die nor that of those on the plane with me, and he had other plans for me which include my staying in prison and other matters which I may not be aware of as of yet."

Richard Reid's shoe.
Richard Reid's shoe.
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Like, for instance, slowly rotting over a period of decades, perhaps?

Reid added: "I do have some tactical regrets of a sort which I won't go into here, but I don't regret losing my freedom."

We're pretty sure lots of other people are fine with him losing his freedom, too, especially given his take on the horrific Charlie Hebdo slayings in France last month. He suggested that the real tragedy of this incident was people who "think it is OK to demean the sacred and belittle that which is more beloved to we Muslims than their own souls," adding, "As the saying goes, if you play with fire you might get burned, so I have no tears for those who insult Islam."

He's not exactly a tear-magnet, either.

Here are two videos from NBC, the first featuring Mehlman-Orozco talking about her reasons for swapping letters with people such as Reid, the second featuring a contemporary interview with passengers who survived the failed bombing.


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